2 arrested in fatal shooting of 15-year-old last year

Police say 2 were involved in robbery that led to shooting of teen off Kings Road

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 17-year-old and a 20-year-old have been charged in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old last November in the College Gardens neighborhood of Northwest Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday.

Police said Jairus Rondell Smith, 17, was also wounded in the shooting on Nov. 11 off Kings Road but survived. At the time, Smith’s injuries were listed as critical.

Investigators said they later learned Smith and Vashaun Dante’ Dailey, 20, had been involved in a robbery that led to the 15-year-old, identified by family members as Cordell Williams, being fatally shot.

Quanisha Walker, Williams’ older sister, said he was a good, friendly kid who was on his way to get food from a Burger King when he got caught in the gunfire.

Cordell Williams (Provided by family)

At the time of the shooting, investigators said a weapon was recovered.

Smith was arrested March 27 and charged with first-degree murder while committing a felony. Dailey was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree murder and armed robbery.

Walker told News4Jax on Thursday it’s bittersweet to know the two young men are behind bars, but it still doesn’t bring her brother back.


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